Is Your Doctor Unduly Influenced by Drug Companies?

Currently, it is permissible for a doctor to be paid by a pharmaceutical company when the doctor prescribes that company’s drug to a patient. Some patients worry that this potential conflict of interest could lead a doctor to prescribe a medication that benefits the doctor and may not be the best drug for the patient.

It is important to know that doctors owe their patients a duty of care. Your doctor has a legal responsibility to exercise due care when treating you and that includes recommending the proper prescriptions for you without consideration of his or her own potential financial gain. To do otherwise may be medical malpractice in Pennsylvania.

If you are concerned about the appropriateness of your own prescription drugs then it is important to seek a second, independent opinion from another doctor.